How To Paint A Van

Learning how to paint a van is easy as long as you have all the right stuff. Painting a van isn't exactly like throwing a few coats on a house. The types of paints used for painting a van are known as acrylic urethanes. These types of paints work well with the metals used in building automobiles because they withstand temperature changes very well. Acrylic urethanes are known basically as spray-able plastics. It's easy to tell the difference between the paints used to paint a van and, say, the paint used for redecorating a bedroom. Paints for cars and vans have an extremely shiny finish, while the ones used in a home are noticeably more dull. When you go to buy your paint for your van, just remember to get acrylic urethane. Oh, and you'll also need a paint gun to correctly apply the paint. No paint brushes here. The paint gun is a very cool device. So, lets get to it. Here's how you paint a van:

To paint a van, you will need:

  • Your choice of acrylic urethane paints
  • A base coat
  • Paint guns
  • Plastic sheets
  • Turtle tape or painter's tape
  • Sandpaper
  • A razor blade
  1. Cover up the van. Before we get to use that paint gun, we have to put the plastic down. Lay out enough plastic to drive your van over. Then line the plastic with more plastic. You're creating a drop cloth of sorts to catch any paint that may fall to the floor. After that's done, use the plastic and tape to cover the windows, rear view mirrors, headlights and tail lights. You should even conceal the tires. Now we can get started painting the van.
  2. The base coat. Load up a paint gun and get started. You'll notice how easily the coat applies with the help of your paint gun. Painting your van is more of a fun time than a chore like painting a house, which just sucks. Make sure you get that base coat over the entire metal frame of the vehicle. Make sure it's perfectly dry before you continue on.
  3. Sanding. There's a method that can help you avoid too much sanding, but it involves grounding the van's metal frame to a metal conduit. For those of us that don't know how to do this, sanding will have to do. Use sandpaper to get rid of any imperfections in the base coat you've created.
  4. Apply the acrylic urethane. Use your paint gun to put a layer of acrylic urethane over the base. Let it dry completely. Go back and apply another coat. Make sure you're very thorough in your application.
  5. Make designs. We've all seen them, those painted vans with personalized designs in the paint. Creating those designs take a lot of creativity and skill. It also requires you to add extra layers of acrylic urethane. You don't just paint the designs into the paint job. You have to plan the designs before you apply your acrylic urethane coats. Say you want to create a personalized design in electric blue over a darker colored purple coat. Yeah, maybe not the best example, but it'll work. What you would need to do is apply the electric blue coat first. Allow it to dry completely. Here's the fun part: you're going to make the design with the tape. Use a razor blade to cut out said design. Position your tape where you want the design to show up. Cover the electric blue coat with the purple, then carefully remove the tape. You now have a personalized design on your van!
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